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learning that he was killed during insurgent attack in afghanistan. nbc bay area's tracy grant is live with more on the soldier. >> reporter: well, jessica, nicanor amper graduated from this high school in 1994. it wasn't long afterer that tha he began his military career. he started as a marine rifleman in october 1995. and then transferred to the army ten years later. the 36-year-old army sergeant was assigned to ft. knox when he got deployed to combat. he was working as a cavalry scout with his troop in the district near kost, afghanistan, when a group of insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. he died on tuesday, july 5th. a memorial service is scheduled for him at ft. knox in kentucky on tuesday. and his family is planning to travel from the bay area to attend it. now we spoke to his father nicanor amper iii. he said his family is far too emotionally devastated to really talk about this tragic loss. he did say though that they are planning to have a funeral service for him when they return from ft. knox. they're not sure when it will be. they haven't had a ch
are either still fighting in iraq or afghanistan or have returned home. this is a ceremony that was hosted earlier today at los gatos high school. >> usually everybody's talking during the whole program and enjoying the orchestra, the san jose wind similar pony. when they read the 67 names you can hear a pin drop on the lawn. there's a lot of respect in the town of los gatos. >> it's always on their mind that they're over there. they've been there for quite a while. but you have to realize that the u.s. military is strong and i think they operate quite well. >> reporter: the event is in association with operation yellow ribbon, a los gatos-based group. >>> on american's 235th birthday presidential hopefuls were out in full force trying to pick up a few votes. from backyard picnics to the war zones overseas, our countrymen took this day to celebrate freedom in very different ways. nbc bay area's brian mooar has that story from washington. >> reporter: july fourth at the beach. is there any better way to celebrate america's birthday? yes, actually, there is if you live in connecticut where b
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